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New WhatsApp Scam Warning Issued over Message That Can Empty Bank Account

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A new WhatsApp scam alert has been issued regarding a message that says “hello mum” and threatens to empty your bank account.

Scammers are manipulating caring Brit parents into emptying their bank accounts by pretending to be a child in need of financial help.

There has been a huge spike in “hello mum” and “hello dad” fraud cases which involve fraudsters posing as family members, The Mirror reported.

The sinister con is already thought to have swindled £50,000 from the pockets of concerned parents across the UK, consumer magazine Which? reports.

A series of text messages shared by the publication show the fraudster’s mode of operation as they try to con one mum out of her hard-earned cash.

The scammer – who messages from an unknown number – starts the conversation by pretending to be the target’s daughter.

In an attempt to make the message less suspicious, the fraudster says the daughter lost her phone – the reason behind her change of number.

As the conman sets up the request, they say: “I’m ashamed to ask you this… But I have overlooked something very important. x”.

Full story: tasnimnews.com

Tasnim News Agency

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